Thursday, February 23, 2017

Free Product Samples With The Daily Goodie Box!!

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

If you're anything like me, you love getting free samples! It's one of the best ways to try a new product without having to pay the full cost up front, before knowing if you like it or not. With the Daily Goodie Box, you can get a whole box of free goodies and get free shipping too!! All you have to do is become a member, which is 100% free to join, and then you wait to be chosen, and for your goodie box to arrive. It's so simple, totally free, and you get a box full or amazing fun products to review.

I recently signed up with the Daily Goodie Box and received a nice selection of items. In my box it contained: Just Chill Stress Relief  Drink,Vermont Smoke & Cure: Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Stick, Nature's Bakery Raspberry Fig Bars, Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste, Dream Water Sleep Powder, Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda Pack, Coffee Blocks Butter Coffee, Aloha Daily Good Greens, XyliChew Spearmint Gum, and Gorilly Goods Organic Snack Pack.

I have enjoyed trying each of these products and sharing them with my family!
I think my ultimate favorite product to see in the box was a pack of Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda, because it has 15 loads in it and I love trying out new soaps for my family. The pack came with a scoop, and you just use a single Tablespoon per load, so this sample will last a few weeks. I wish the detergent lingered a fresh smell on my clean laundry, but it doesn't really have a smell to me. Just clean, which is still awesome! The soap seems to disintegrate well in the water and gets my clothes washed. I really love the included Nellie's Wow Stick Stain Remover, which has a nice lemony smell. Can't wait to see how it works at removing stains!

My next favorite product was the Vermont Smoke & Cure: Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Stick because this was delicious. My son ate most of it, but I managed to steal a bite real quick and I really enjoyed it! The flavor was fresh and seasoned just right. The texture was perfect for jerky, not too chewy and not too soft. I love the little size these sticks come in, which make them great for afternoon snacks or packing in lunch bags. Both me and my son agree that these sticks are a new favorite!

After an amazing workout, I made me a smoothie using the Aloha Daily Good Greens Chocolate flavored powder. I added frozen apples and peaches, ice, vanilla yogurt, honey, peanut butter, and water...blended well, and it made a really great drink! The powder blended well and didn't leave behind a chalky taste like most do. I could taste a slight amount of the greens, which left a healthy feeling to it, but not bad at all. I could drink this pack daily!

Fig Bars are an excellent snack to have on hand. Their flavor is great and the textures are filling. In trying the Nature's Bakery Raspberry Fig Bars, I was shocked with the sweetness they contained. I have a major sweet tooth myself, but I felt that these bars don't need to be as sweet. Not to say they weren't good though! I think I would enjoy a different flavor, such as apple, better, but they still make a nice little snack. I do wish they were softer such as other brands, but that's not a breaker for me. My husband tried a bar, and had similar thoughts. These bars are good, but i would love to try other flavors!

I have heard such great things about XyliChew Gum so I was really excited to see this in the box. It's gum I can feel safe allowing my son to chew too, so that's a plus! I'm shocked that this gum is actually good for the teeth, which makes it a great substitute to obsessive gum chewers lol. I use to chew Big Red Gum like it was going out of business...I wish I had some XyliChew Spearmint Gum back then! Although this gum loses its flavor terribly fast and leaves a strange taste in the mouth... I think it is still a great thing to keep in your purse or bag. Any time my son wants gum, I feel ok allowing him to chew this, and since the flavor doesn't hang around, he doesn't want to chew it for long which is good in my opinion haha.

I have never heard of the Just Chill Stress Relief Drinks before, but the idea of them is pretty awesome! The flavor I received in my Goodie Box was Ginger and it brings Calm + Focus. I thought this would be a great drink on a hectic day. But I couldn't stand the flavor. The ginger taste is really strong and kind of gives your tongue a bite. If you love ginger, this is definitely the drink for you though. I gave it to my husband, who wasn't fond of the taste either, but he drank the whole thing and it satisfied his soda crave. It's great that these drinks have zero calories and caffeine. I would love to try other flavors!
 Cashews are one of my favorite nuts so have a Gorilly Goods Organic Snack Pack with cashews in it made me happy. This pack was in the flavor: COAST which is Sweet Curry Cashew & Fruit. This was a surprising flavor, yet it taste exactly how it sounds. Like Curry that's sweet. I loved the cashew bites but the raisins were just revolting to me lol. The overall seasoning was perfect though. Not too salty and had a nice flavor.

When I saw the Coffee Blocks Butter Coffee...I was probably most excited about this one. Because... coffee!!! And the fact that it said "Butter Coffee" I instantly thought of a deliciously creamy coffee drink that I could sip on in peace. When I opened the package though, my excitement quickly unraveled. The smell of this stuff reminded me of expired beef bouillon. (It even looked that way!) And when I added it to water as said, it made my entire apartment wreak of that smell. Once I could get past the scent, I took a drink. I quickly ran for something else to get that horrible taste out of my mouth. I was really disappointed with this product because I had high hopes for it, and found it just really awful. I'm curious how people can drink that stuff?!?

The Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste sample is so cute and perfect for little kids or traveling. I like that it can be used for even the tiniest teeth ages 6months and up. And if it's swallowed, it won't hurt your little ones bellies. The flavor of toothpaste I received is Black Currant. It has the flavor of a nice drink, such as fruit punch. It leaves the teeth feeling nice and clean, and doesn't leave any weird after effects. This is probably one of my new favorite children's toothpastes. I like the natural ingredients it contains, and that I can feel good about my son using it.

The last item in my Goodie Box was the Dream Water Sleep Powder. I was excited about this product, for my husband to try, as he has insomnia and has a hard time sleeping at night. Products never seem to work for him, so giving this one a shot was doubtful. I wish there were two packets, so I could've tried it as well; But I did get a chance to make his drink and sample a small amount. The smell of the powder is a berry scent, with a very medicine like taste. It also did not dissolve well in cold water, but maybe it would have better in room temperature liquid?? I tried a sip of his drink and decided I didn't want to be the one drinking it anyways. The flavor reminded me of children's berry toothpaste, added to a glass of water lol. My husband said the flavor wasn't great either, but better then some things out there. It also didn't seem to effect him at all. The package said to take within 30 minutes of sleeping. He ended up staying awake for 3 hours after drinking, without feeling tired, and he slept horribly too. Sad to say, this drink didn't work for him. I'm curious to hear the stories of those it has worked for!

I have thoroughly enjoyed trying each product out. Receiving the Daily Goodie Box is like getting a present every time. It's filled with things you never even knew about! I can't wait to get another Goodie Box to explore. If you would like to receive free goodies too, sign up for your own Daily Good Box!

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Straight To The Point With Electric Pencil Sharpeners

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

My son goes through pencils like crazy between his book making and homeschool, so having an electric pencil sharpener on hand is very exciting lol. The WOA Electric Pencil Sharpener is easy to use, whether you have batteries in it or using the included USB plug. I do wish it came with a plugin adapter, however, the USB fits into my phone charger plug so I can use it that way.

I love this sharpeners compact design and ease of use. My son can sharpen pencils on his own using this sharpener, which is great. When sharpening, you have to be sure to hold one hand on the sharpener so it doesn't spin around. It sharpens pencils very nice after a few seconds, including colored pencils. I also tried sharpening cheap Dollar Tree pencils, with those design wrappers on them...the sharpener got the tips sharpened, but at a slower pace and tended to clog the sharpener up.  I would suggest only use the #2 pencils with it. Overall, I am pleased with this pencil sharpener and it's a great product to be able to sharpen pencils quickly from home.
 The TripWorthy Electric Pencil Sharpener is another great little pencil sharpener, perfect for our little homeschool area. We really do go through a lot of pencils, so having many electrical sharpeners on hand makes our lives a little easier lol. This sharpener takes 4 batteries, which are not included, though I wish they were! But once you place the batteries in, this little guy is ready to be put to work. It sharpens pencils nicely, and you don't really have to hold on to the sharpener while it sharpens, as you tend to with other models out there. It's easy for my son to use and sharpens quickly. This is a great product if you need to sharpen pencils at home. It's compact design doesn't take up much space and looks nice sitting on the desk!

You can find each of these pencil sharpeners available 
for purchase on Amazon.

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Feraco Stainless Steel Dumbbell Necklace

 I received the following product(s) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

If you are into lifting weights or know someone that is, the Feraco Stainless Steel Dumbbell Necklace is a great gift to purchase! The little dumbbell pendant is adorable with the inscribed words "Enjoy The Fun of Sports" and "Enjoy A Healthy Life" on each end of the weight.

It arrived exactly as the photos show and in a beautiful little box. The necklace itself is weighty but not over weighty. You can tell it is made of high quality products, but it doesn't weigh your neck down. It sits beautifully placed and has a lobster claw so you can change the length of the necklace as needed. I love that this necklace is available in both men and women's sizes, perfect for couples who workout together or just want a matching necklace. My dad was a huge weight lifter, and my husband lifts as well, so getting this necklace reminds me of both of them and it is just so beautiful. This would be such a great gift to give. It is unique, fun, and gorgeous all in one!

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Healthier Snacking With Oskri Fruit/Nut Bars

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

If you're looking for a healthy snack option when you're craving a candy bar, check out the Oskri Fruit or Nut Bars! These bars are available in a variety of flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth. They are made with all natural ingredients and free from any chemicals, artifical sweeteners, or food coloring. They are also gluten free, vegetarian, and Kosher and Halal Certified. They make a great diet friendly snack!

The first Oskri bars I reviewed were the Caramel Apple Bars. My first initial thoughts were that they taste alright, but I'm kind of sad I couldn't taste any caramel at all. The bar is full of an apple filling, and the chocolate coat is delicious. You can definitely tell these bars are healthy. The inside apple mix reminds me of a health bar I've eaten before. I can taste the apple peels a whole lot, which I'm not super fond of, but the healthy take on this bar makes it great for eating on the go or if you're craving a sweet. I wish there was an actual caramel taste to go with, but overall the bar is decent enough. It has a nice texture and chew, without being hard to eat. It's great for an after workout snack!

The Oskri Sweet and Salty Peanut bar was satisfyingly filling! Though this one is peanut overloaded, the outside flavor is the perfect sweetness. The bar is chewy, with a nice nutty texture. If you like peanuts, you will love this one. I felt it was too many peanuts at once, so a half a bar a time is best for me. But they are great to eat on the go. Car rides, after workouts, afternoon snack, ect. A great bar when you're feeling nutty.

The Oskri Coconut Dark Chocolate Bars are delicious. Like a healthy version of an Almond Joy; Though filled with a lot more coconut and darker chocolate. The bar is soft and chewy, easy to bite into and savor. These are great if you're craving a sweet, such as a candy bar. They are a nice size and quench your sweet tooth. They are great for taking on the go, or eating as an afternoon snack. Really any time of day, you can enjoy an Oskri bar, and not have the guilt of doing so. Perfect for those on diets or just wanting to eating better for yourself. Great for the whole family!

You can find each of the Oskri Fruit or Nut Bars available on Amazon available in a variety of flavors.

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Environmentally Friendly Natural Rice Husk Chopsticks

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Looking for an environmentally friendly way to eat your food? 
Check out these cool Natural Rice Husk Reusable Chopsticks! 
They are made from 100% recycled corn husk with no plastic used. 

Such an awesome idea! These chopsticks arrived individually wrapped in a nice little package, with 10 pair of chopsticks and 10 detachable holders. I'm not sure how often the holders will be used, but the concept is cool and would be fun for parties. However, when you detach the holder, it leaves the top of the chopsticks with a rough edge to them. I'm hoping over time with will file down on its own, maybe after a wash in the dishwasher. And speaking of washing in the dishwasher, I love that I can be lazy and just toss them in with a load of dishes, where they can be safely washed too! 

   The chopsticks have a nice smooth texture with detailed tops for decoration. They feel lightweight yet heavy duty and durable in the hand. Upon first opening, I noticed they had a slight scent that reminded me of dog food and campfire lol. It dissipated within minutes of opening though and it wasn't stinky like you're probably imagining. So far these seem to be great chopsticks that are environmentally friendly and sell for a decent price. Time will tell how they hold up, but they make a great informational piece at the dinner table and you can feel good using them, knowing they are made from recycled products!

You can find the Natural Rice Husk Chopsticks available for purchase on Amazon and they come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.